Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa ‘doesn’t trust’ his striker, claims Whites legend Danny Mills


Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa has obviously seen something in training that’s putting him off Eddie Nketiah, according to Danny Mills.

The manager clearly doesn’t trust the Arsenal loanee as his first-choice striker in the league, and something just isn’t right with Nketiah.

Nketiah is yet to start a Championship match for Leeds this season, after he signed for Bielsa’s team on a year-long loan.

He’s scored two goals in the league as a substitute for Leeds, and also scored for England’s Under-21s against Slovenia on Friday.

When asked if Nketiah was banging on Bielsa’s door to try and get some game time, Mills said: “Yeah, he is but he just hasn’t really had a chance at Leeds from the start.”

He told Football Insider: “It’s an interesting one. Clearly it’s something that Bielsa doesn’t quite see in training.

“Playing international football is different; it’s not the same as playing league football, and certainly Championship football.

“You have to trust Marcelo Bielsa, and say ‘What is he not seeing in training? What is not happening for him to not be put in the starting line up?’.

“There’s just something that isn’t right. Bielsa clearly doesn’t trust him yet.”

Nketiah has scored four goals in nine appearances for the Whites since his arrival in the summer.

He’s scored twice in two appearances in the Carabao Cup; one against Salford City, and one against Stoke City.

But, Patrick Bamford continues as Bielsa’s main centre-forward, having scored four goals in 10 league appearances.

Meanwhile, Leeds are currently fifth in the Championship, having lost two of their last three matches.

Most recently, they lost 2-1 away at Millwall, and saw Gaetano Berrardi sent off after just 14 minutes.

After the international break, Bielsa welcomes Birmingham City to Elland Road, before travelling to high-flying Preston North End.

Preston haven’t lost in the Championship since the middle of August, and find themselves in third place.


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